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Amphibious dwellings in informal settlements

Amphibious dwellings in informal settlements is a striking concept to move squatters into floating homes on unused coastal areas closer to their source of income. A prototype structure has been completed and now functions as an amphibious medical clinic. 

Houses out of “found” materials, at low or no-cost, are constructed on buoyant platforms equipped with rainwater collectors, purification units and dry composting toilets.

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First prototype successfully launched
“Next Generation” 1st prize winner
“Fresh and simple approach to a globally-present problem in urban areas” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2008 for Africa Middle East
Project Details
Lagos, Nigeria
Akinlabi A. Afolayan
Main Author
Akinlabi A. Afolayan
Niles Bolton Associates, USA
"Next Generation" 1st prize 2008
Middle East Africa
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